White Heron Sangha

Transforming Challenging Emotions: A Daylong Retreat with James Coleman and Rose Taylor Goldfield

  • 08 Jun 2019
  • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • White Heron Sangha Meditation Center, 6615 Bay Laurel Pl, Avila Beach
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  • The retreat fee covers the expenses for the retreat but does not include a payment to the teacher. The teachings are given on a donation basis only. Please be generous with your offering to the teacher. Details for the teacher donation will be provided at the retreat.
  • Help with retreat tasks before, during, or after retreat in lieu of fee, with approval from contact person.

White Heron Sangha welcomes you to a daylong retreat at our White Heron Meditation Center in Avila Village with James Coleman and Rose Taylor Goldfield.

"At their core, even our most disturbing states of mind are pure awakened wisdom."

This retreat will introduce us to the practice of Mahamudra, one of the most powerful sets of teachings and practices from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, in order to help us uncover our own true nature. In this daylong workshop, we will explore the depths of our human experience—our conscious mind and physical body, our subtle body sensations, and the spacious awareness that holds all our experience—and how it provides innate resources to help us in hard times. We will practice somatic-based Mahamudra meditation techniques in seated stillness and gentle movement meditations, have dialogue, and deepen our connections with each other.

Rose Taylor Goldfield is a mother, life coach, lujong (Tibetan yoga) instructor, and Buddhist teacher. She co-founded the Wisdom Sun Buddhist community with her husband Ari Goldfield. She holds an M.A. in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist studies from Naropa University and spent many years in retreats in Europe, the United States, Bhutan, and Nepal under the close personal guidance of her teacher, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. At his nunneries in Bhutan and Nepal, Rose taught Tibetan Buddhist philosophical texts and meditation. Her books include Training the Wisdom Body: Buddhist Yogic Exercise, and her translations from the Tibetan include Stars of Wisdom: Analytical Meditation, Songs of Yogic Joy, and Prayers of Aspiration

James William Coleman has an M.A.and Ph.D from the University of California, Santa Barbara, specializing in the sociology of religion. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including The New Buddhism: The Western Transformation of an Ancient Tradition (Oxford University Press) and The Buddha’s Dream of Liberation: Freedom, Emptiness, and Awakened Nature (Wisdom Publications).  He was also the editor of Reb Anderson Roshi’s The Third Turning of the Wheel (Rodmell Press). James has been authorized to teach meditation by both Reb Anderson Roshi of the Zen tradition and Lama Palden Drolma of the Vajrayana tradition. He is also a founding member of the White Heron Sangha, where he currently teaches and practices.

Saturday, June 8, 2019, 9:30AM - 4:00PM

Where: Our meditation center is in Avila Village, behind the Woodstone Marketplace, near the Bob Jones Trail: 
White Heron Sangha Meditation Center, 6615 Bay Laurel Pl, Avila Beach, CA 93424 (map and pictures). Parking is alongside the buildings with overflow parking behind Blue Heron Realty. Do not park in front of Woodstone Marketplace! See the arrows for parking in the bottom photo. Our building is circled.

$25, which covers the expenses of the Sangha in putting on the event, but does not include a payment to the teacher. Plan on attending for the whole day in order to appreciate fully the teachings. Arrangements can be made if the fee is excessive for you. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

The teachings are offered freely. The retreat fee covers retreat expenses; none of the retreat fee goes to the teacher. Details on how to donate to the teacher (cash or check only) and to support the White Heron Sangha will be provided at the retreat. We try to keep our retreat fees at a minimum so that you can be truly generous with your donation to the teacher. 

You can register online or at the door. Payment can be made through PayPal online, including by credit card; or, you can send a check to White Heron Sangha, PO Box 870, Morro Bay, CA 93443, or pay at the door with cash or check. Pre-registration is preferred but not required. 

Questions: Contact Claudia Coleman, claudia.royal@gmail.com.

More information about White Heron Sangha retreats

Bring your lunch and a cup, if possible, in order to reduce waste. Tea and light snacks will be provided. Chairs and meditation cushions will be available. You might want to bring a shawl and extra cushions, if you use them. No dogs are allowed in the building except for service dogs. 

White Heron Sangha asks that all retreatants refrain from applying colognes, hairsprays or strongly scented deodorants before coming to the retreat. In addition, we will avoid air fresheners and scented or allergenic flowers in our facility. The use of such products may trigger allergic reactions and create health problems.

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